Friday 15th July 2021

Ellie and I were up and out by 6am and Sandwich was already buzzing with 8 carriage trains (never seen here at any other time!) Double decker shuttle buses full to capacity trying to manoeuvre our narrow streets and many walking down to the bay for the Open. We all now call Sandwich “Cone City” because the whole town is now covered in traffic no parking cones, even at roundabouts and crossings!! Of course I forgot to mention the helicopters and private planes overhead. Chaos and traffic jams, even that early. The only reason I have empty streets was when the train was going across the level crossing! I won’t be using my car until Monday!

Whilst I was out walking a lady spoke to Ellie and knew her name. She then went on to tell me that about a year ago, she presumed my husband, had asked if she was OK as she was walking along crying! She had just lost her dog and so Mal had stayed and chatted to her and said when she had enough time to grieve, to think about a rescue, so many needed homes. At the time she said she would never have another dog (don’t we all?!) She said after a couple of months she thought about what he said and just started looking online at various websites. A few months later she saw a “beautiful Labrador looking” dog on a Spanish website. She enquired and they had someone in the UK and did a home check, so she rescued the dog and wanted me to thank Mal as she she said he is perfect but NOT a Labrador and he now weighs 10 stone!! She was so grateful. That’s nice.

Broadstairs Folk Week is going ahead and we have managed to get tickets for Merry Hell, excellent.

We both spent the morning at the allotment.

I started freezing some fruit as we are getting so much.

I did wonder why they had armed police in Sandwich, evidently Princess Anne was watching the golf! And here is Niall Horan in the town.

Thought for the Day – “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”

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Thursday 14th July 2021

Rhys sent me a lovely photo from his early morning run.

I was up and out with Ellie early too.

It was my appointment with Maxillofacial in Dover, which Lou drove me to.  This is the lady, Ann, that I should have seen three years ago! Centralisation of the appointment system messed up, sending me to William Harvey Hospital and  Canterbury hospital when Dover clinic was the one I should have been referred to. What can I say at least now I have someone who knows what they are doing.

I had more X rays and Ann went through all the explanation of everything. Smoking hasn’t helped (I gave up many years ago) but she also said it could be hereditary or stress. I told her stress from losing Torin was the start of all of this. I have two loose bottom teeth which she wants me to have removed before I have my next appointment with her and I have four one hour appointments booked starting in October. She has told me to eat before I go as my mouth will be too painful afterwards, excessive bleeding and 2 -3 weeks gum pain…..I can’t wait! The four appointments and then she will reassess. She sounds extremely professional and knows what she is doing unlike the two hospitals and I am relieved she “has a plan” which is what the dentist told me three years ago.

Of course the roads in Sandwich are chaos. 32,000 golf fans per day does make a huge difference! I have heard Niall Horan (One Direction) is in town along with many other famous faces.

Oh no, later a phone call from Lou. Ollie has been sent home from school to isolate for 10 days. He hasn’t tested positive but the boy who sits next to him has. That’s the end of our crazy golf on Saturday!

Thought for the Day – “Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger and insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet.” ~ Tony A Gaskins Jr

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Wednesday 14th July 2021

It’s no surprise that there is a Covid outbreak on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Navy’s flagship as we had already heard many Marines have gone down with it, including Tariq who is now in isolation. We spoke to him on Sunday night. Get well soon Tariq.

Ellie and I walked early, I believed it was going to be warmer today…not a lot!

I went into Deal, managing to avoid most of the “Open” traffic. Of course I had to go to the fishmongers. That’s my lunch sorted.

In the afternoon we went to the allotment, so much to do. Mal stayed when I came home as he had a meeting of the allotment committee.

Thought for the Day – “A smile happens in a flash but its memory can last a lifetime.”

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Tuesday 13th July 2021

We walked Ellie along the river and then into the town because although people said it would be busy we needed to get things but it was like a ghost town. I guess all 32,000 must be watching the golf.

I popped into Pilgrim’s Hospice charity shop and started chatting, they are short of volunteers and have given me an application form! I’ll think about it.

I went to clean up Torin’s grave and dead head all the roses. There was an ants nest and they decided to climb all over me and bite!

In the afternoon Sol sent me a video of their new cottage. They have moved to the Ribble Valley, a job too good for him to refuse. They are renting the cottage for now, on a farm. They have cows for neighbours. A little different from what they are used to in Whitstable!

Thought for the Day – “Behind strong persons there is a story that gave them no choice.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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Monday 12th July 2021

A wet walk with Ellie and it seems people’s spirits are a little dampened too after last night. Ah well,  just a warm up for the World Cup!

The rain cleared and so we went to the allotment. Loads more fruit, peas and potatoes. I also picked some gladioli to take home. Some of my flower garden is wild flowers and the bees are loving it. We chatted to Steve (allotment behind) and he told us everyone was getting potato blight, well our potatoes haven’t!

Thought for the Day – “Close some doors today, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance but simply because they lead you nowhere.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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Sunday 11th July 2021

Mal and I went to the allotment in the morning, of course with Ellie.

We watched the first set of the tennis final and then went to Rhys’s for a BBQ.

Of course we watched the football………..enough said!

Thought for the Day – “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.”

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Saturday 10th July 2021

And so it begins! Sandwich will now be swamped with Golf visitors.

Oscar is 13 today, happy birthday! We arranged to meet up at Quex Park where Lou had booked crazy golf for us all. It was raining so we thought they may cancel but no us Brits are tougher than that! We played in torrential rain, 11 holes until the puddles became too deep! But we laughed so much.

As we handed the golf clubs and balls back in and explained we couldn’t continue because the puddles were too deep, they very kindly said they would rebook us for next Saturday!! That was really good of them.

Our “waterproof” macs weren’t quite as waterproof as we thought! We drove to the Minnis fish and chip shop and grabbed a couple of tables there and they even had skate, which was delicious! We had a lovely time and I hope Oscar did too. Funny how a dismal day can turn into a lot of fun.

I didn’t realise that I still had rain on the lens!

I checked my emails when we arrived home and having decided we really do want to see Hairspray, we asked them to move our tickets. They have sent new tickets for September. Let’s hope that happens!

Thought for the Day – “Grandkids – the best part of growing old!”

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